Earlier in the day, Mayor Bill de Blasio had rejected the idea of a curfew, like those adopted in other major US cities.
"She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest", he said, later adding: "I admire that she was out there trying to change something that she thought was unjust".
A widely circulated video showed Floyd, 46, lying down and handcuffed as a police officer was seen kneeling on the man's neck for almost nine minutes. Protestors threw traffic cones and other items at the SUV as a second vehicle arrived and slowly drove through the crowd forming around it.
Police later justified the aggressive move, saying the officer driving hit the gas after spotting what they claimed was a flaming bag on top of the vehicle. But he says the situation was "created" by protesters who surrounded the vehicle, and he says the situation needs context. "What we're trying to do is trying to manage an extremely volatile situation". An NYPD vehicle was also set on fire. "I urge you to protect yourself and your officers". "The protesters in that video did the wrong thing to surround that police auto - period".
"I didn't like what I saw one bit".
"I'm proud of her that she cares so much she was willing to go out there and do something about it", he continued. "We need to do a full investigation and look at the actions of those officers and see what was done, why it was done, how it could've been done differently". "This is exactly how things should be", said Domenic Manning, who spoke at a rally in Union Square. This moment demands leadership and accountability from each of us.
-De Blasio said he's appointing two people to conduct independent review of these events, Jim Johnson and Margaret Garnett. We need rapid, real de-escalation and we need it right now.
Nearly forgotten in the rioting and its aftermath are the 33 injured police officers who are sworn to protect New Yorkers.